The following are books that I have in my personal library.
My first wine book:
Understanding and Appreciating Wine, Beer, and Spirits by Small and Couturier
- We used this book as the text for my Wine Appreciation class in Florence. It is still a great resource for me when I need a refresher or resources on the most basic tenets of wine (the growing cycle, different systems of viticulture, outlines for the process of making wines, etc.). It comes with a hefty price tag, but I am so glad I have a copy in my library as it is a quick reference when I need it.
Windows on the World: Complete Wine Course by Kevin Zraly
- Thanks to the generosity of Mr. Zraly, I have two copies of this book (2014 and 2016 editions). This was my first guide to wines of the world, and I am so grateful to have it in my personal collection. I use this guide when I need to know which appellations produce which grapes more than any others, which grapes are used for which famous (or infamous) blends, and which U.S. states have been producing the most wineries in the past 30 years. I adore the layout of this book, which is truly set up as if you were taking a wine course. It includes a preface to each section, little quips along the way with interesting tidbits and facts, a tasting guide at the end of each chapter, as well as a ‘Chapter Review’ to help you ensure you understood the key points of each section.